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true honesty: a stripped back styled outdoor wedding shoot at manor lodge

May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (6)

Today we’re bringing you another helping of wonderful wedding inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot, put together by a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers.

Enlisted to showcase the beauty of Manor Lodge, a new venue to the Sheffield wedding scene, photographer Stu Ganderton seized the opportunity to capture a shoot that was as honest and pure as its setting.

Keeping things simple, Stu and his expertly picked team focused on making the attire and flowers the main stars of the shoot to show that money invested into key areas of a wedding can really make it stand out from the crowd.

Another honest element to this shoot that we adore is that the models are actually a couple. As a result you can really feel the emotions, particularly in the image where Oliver is planting a tender kiss on Danielle’s head – we love!

To explain more about his ideas and how he executed them, we’ll now hand over the blog to photographer Stu…

With images by Stu Ganderton Wedding Photography.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (22)

stu says: When I decided to do the shoot, it was initially as just some simple marketing material for the venue to showcase the beauty of the ruins and Turret house. Manor Lodge has just recently started doing weddings, aimed at the Boho and DIY market, so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible, but I also wanted to show what could be done by a bride investing in the right areas on her wedding, and also what can be achieved when you engage the best creative brains in the market.

It was also important to me that the shoot had an ‘honesty’ to it, so that it was believable. So rather than spending on chocolate fountains, candy carts and love letters; getting a great dress that flattered the model along with beautiful flowers and a good photographer was at the forefront.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (32)

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (19)

The two “models”, Danielle and Oliver have never had any modelling experience. Oliver is actually my son and Danni is his real girlfriend. So we had a real couple which I think complements the shoot and makes it more real!

I said all of the way through that I wanted the flowers and dress to shine through, so using the ethos of the original idea, we did not have any hair or makeup professionals on the shoot. Danni did her own makeup as she would normally, and said I wanted her to have soft curls.

A Pretty Styled Shoot at Manor Lodge (c) Stu Ganderton Photography (24)

The dress and veils used in the shoot were supplied by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, and as soon as I mentioned the shoot to her, she knew exactly what dress she wanted Danni to wear. ‘Violet’ the dress modelled by Danielle in the shoot is an ivory, floor-length, circle skirt gown with a corded lace V neckline bodice. The full skirt is made of two layers of ivory duchess satin and chiffon with scallop lace edge detailing on the waist. We styled ‘Violet’ with the ’Louisa’ bridal belt and to mix up the looks for some of the shots we also added the ‘Evelina’ veil with Sam from Fantail Designer Florist’s stunning floral crown.

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we came, we partied, we wedding planned: and we’re ready to do it all again this sunday! #wedstival16

May 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (106)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here at Brides Up North HQ (ok, it’s been a crazy six years, but who’s counting…) as we have brought you our two most exciting events to date, our epic festival wedding fairs: WEDSTOCK’16 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire last weekend and WEDSTIVAL’16 this coming weekend at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire.

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (87)

If you’re a North West bride to be, Capesthorne Hall is where you need to be THIS SUNDAY 22nd May, open 11am till 4pm, and free entry, as we transform the grand building and it’s grounds into a wedding wonderland with our huge sailcloth tent, tipi village, bell tents, vintage PIMMS tent, street food vendors, live bands, cars and campers, ceremony showcase, 60+ luxury wedding suppliers and so much more.

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (11)

wedstival16: a brides up north wedding festival

Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Road, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9JY
Sunday 22nd May 2016, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTIVAL’16 for you and your party.

We’re giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (41)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (58)

If the weather is looking a little dubious on the day (but hey, it’s May, let’s look on the bright side!) there’s nothing to worry about either – all of our structures are perfectly weatherproof, warm and welcoming, so a little drizzle ain’t going to spoil our party.  The beautiful rooms at Capesthorne Hall are all open for viewing too (you can book the Hall itself, one of the stunning marquee sites or even both for your big day), and if you’ve already got your venue sorted, we’ve so many amazing exhibitors and styling ideas on show on Sunday that you’ll leave with every last detail covered.

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (93)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (65)

Pop in in the diary, why don’t you!? It’s FREE ENTRY (we love to spoil our readers) and such a fabulous day out for you, your other half, your bridal party… and even the future in-laws!  Grab a cocktail, stay for lunch courtesy of our street food vendors, and get your wedding planning all wrapped up at the same time. Result.

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (162)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (126)

To whet your appetite, or if you came, partied and wedding planned at our WEDSTOCK’16 event last week, here are some official photographs to remind you that Brides Up North do wedding fairs differently… and to celebrate what a great day we all had.

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (86)

Official Photographs WEDSTOCK16 A Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fair (c) Peace Wedding Photography (116)

Images by our official event photographer Peace Wedding Photography. Continue reading to view our entire gallery!

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the big debate: indoor elegance vs outdoor rustic

May 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Image by Paul Liddement

Paul Liddement Wedding Stories

As couples continue to get creative with their big days the options on styling, venue and setting seem almost endless.

So how’s a girl (and guy) to choose? The time of the year will ultimately play a part with couples less keen to take their celebrations outdoors during the colder months. Also, how much effort and spends a couple want to put into the styling will need to be considered – so a lavish five star hotel will generally not need as much décor as say a barn or tipi wedding, though the later allows for far more creativity and freedom.

Then there’s accommodation and catering to think about – would you want to go traditional fine dining or for something a little more alternative, such as a barbecue, afternoon tea or sharing boards?

Keen to offer inspiration for all couples, we here at Brides Up North HQ have recently expanded our luxury wedding exhibition offering to include a number of fabulous outdoor festival themed wedding fairs, in addition to our existing events held in grand and exclusive venues across the north.

With all this in mind, today we’re debating two very different styles of weddings that would tick the boxes for us Brides Up North gals!

Image by Carly Bevan Photography

Carly Bevan Photography

rachel says: indoor elegance

I’m continuously super impressed by couples’ ability to think outside the box and do their big day their way with celebrations that are both individual and inventive. That said, I always find myself drawn to the simple and timeless weddings that have more of a traditional vibe.

Maybe I just don’t have the creative vision that others do, or maybe it’s growing up with thoughts of the perfect princess-like wedding in my head?

I’m personally not one for gimmicks, which is why I like the simplicity of a traditional wedding and for such an important occasion I like the safety of the indoors. I’m the type of girl that visits the hairdressers on a clear sky, sunny day and yet always finds myself in a relentless downpour when I leave – for my wedding I just don’t think I could take the risk.

I’d still want to pick a venue with lovely grounds in which elements such as the drinks reception could take place, though the majority of the proceedings would be under cover.

I’m thinking a beautifully decorated period venue with lots of natural light during the day and lit by romantic candlelight at night. I’d love a grand dining room with long tables anchored by stunning floral arrangements down the centre, interspersed with pillar candles and tea lights. And as a foodie, an elegant three-course meal would be right up my street before dancing the night away.

Overall the real beauty of an indoor wedding for me can be the convenience of on-site accommodation, which you don’t usually get when hosting a wedding outdoors. This is not only for the bonus of getting ready at the venue on the morning of the wedding, but also for guests to nip back to and freshen up throughout the day and, of course, for everyone to easily retire (stagger) to at the end of the night. Plus, thankfully it means just a short crawl back to the dining room for breakfast with your nearest and dearest the following day.

Image by Bethany Clarke Photography (2)

Bethany Clarke Wedding Photography

julia says: outdoor rustic

I’ve always been an “indoor kinda girl”, generally preferring five star boutique hotels to camping or glamping.  So, when it came to my wedding day, I followed suit, and it was indoor luxury all the way.

Although I wouldn’t change anything about my own big day, I’ve recently found my head turned by other types of celebration, and have felt the distinct draw of the great outdoors.

It helps that we’re smack bang in the middle of our series of Brides Up North Festival Wedding Fairs, and that the sun is shining outside as I write this, but as I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many fantastic festival style and outdoor suppliers over the past year in the build up to our huge events that I’ve realised that I might have been too hasty in my judgment.

Firstly, the huge sailcloth and tipi tents available for your outdoor wedding are not akin to the thin, freezing tents that stuck to my face during my Duke Of Edinburgh days (enough to put me off hiking for life!).  These are warm and weatherproof structures that are great in all weathers – cool in the summer, warm in the winter – and withstand even the most horrid weather conditions. Fun and fabulous, these tents add a stylish and different edge to your wedding celebration before it even starts.

Secondly, with an outdoor wedding comes loads of extra space for quirky extras like garden games, styling details, Prosecco vans (I’ve just discovered the sheer joy of these!), vintage caravan photo booths and even huge white bouncy castles.  What’s not to love?

I may be a little biased at the moment… you might have noticed that we are still on a high from WEDSTOCK’16 last weekend and looking ahead with glee to WEDSTIVAL’16 at Capesthorne Hall next Sunday 22nd May (find out more and register here)… but if you come prepared, to me an outdoor celebration has very little downside, even in a downpour.  Embrace the wellies, collect your Prosecco before passing GO! and look forward to some awesome wedding photos afterwards!

Image by Katie Melling Photography

Katy Melling Photography

what you said on social

Alana says: “I’m currently planning an outdoor wedding and I’m loving making lots of the decoration for the marquee, with the help of friends and family. It means we can have the wedding exactly as we want it and feel the personal, homemade touches will make it all the more memorable.”

Jodie says: “I’m at the beginning of the wedding planning and am totally torn! I’d always thought I would have a church wedding followed by a lovely hotel reception but seeing more outdoor weddings has got me a tipi wedding would be really cool and a little different. Help!”

Emma says: “We are sticking to tradition with an indoor wedding at an historic venue with lots of character. Instead of adding lots of details we will be letting the venue speak for itself and hope to make use of its gorgeous grounds for the drinks reception, though have a Plan B just in case the unpredictable British weather strikes.”

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this sunday! it’s wedstock16!

May 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

WEDSTOCK Email Flyer

wedstock16: a brides up north wedding festival

Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Sunday 8th May 2016, 11am till 4pm

FREE entry for registered brides plus a FREE VIP media pack whilst stocks last.

Ladies and gents, it’s time.  It’s #WEDSTOCK16! And we can’t wait to see you there!

Brides Up North in association with Shades, Tipi Chic, Curious Tent HireStockeld Park and Yorkshire’s finest wedding industry suppliers are proud to host the UK’s first dedicated large scale festival wedding exhibition in 2016. With free entry for you and your bridal party and open 11am till 4pm, on Sunday 8th May 2016 Stockeld Park will be transformed into a wedding wonderland!

There’ll be a huge sail cloth tent, tipi hats, an arched wedding tent, a vintage MASH tent, bell tents, an Indian cupola tent, chill out areas, a Pimm’s tent, street food vendors (so stay for lunch!), lakeside cafe, picnic area, cars and campers, live music, bridal fashion, a bloom bar, and 60 luxury wedding suppliers covering absolutely all the details to make all your festival wedding planning ideas a reality.

All under cover in our warm and weatherproof outdoor wedding structures, come rain or shine, we’ve got your inspiration sorted. Bring your bridesmaids, designate a driver, wear flowers in your hair and make a day of it… this is set to be an event to remember, and it won’t cost you or your wedding party a penny

Use the hashtag ‪#‎WEDSTOCK16‬ to follow the event build up across all our social media feeds.

Darren Mack Wedding Photography (54)

bride to be?

Please register for free entry to WEDSTOCK16 for you and your party.

We’re also giving away up to 300 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is fill in the form below.  While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

Darren Mack Wedding Photography (52)

Images by Darren Mack.

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fun in the sun. a rural barn wedding in north yorkshire – beth & dan

May 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rural Barn Wedding in North Yorkshire (c) Photography34 (90)

Just in time for the sun – finally – starting to shine (in time for our #WEDSTOCK16 festival wedding fair this Sunday no less!), this afternoon’s real wedding is totally getting us in the mood for summer.

We love Beth and Dan’s gorgeous choice of venue for their barn wedding and stunning coastal setting, with them enjoying much of their celebrations outdoors!

Highlights for us include the pretty pastel colour scheme, the informal style wedding breakfast and, of course, Beth’s stunning fitted dress and gorgeous accessories. We would have quite liked to have attended this one ourselves!

With images by Photography34.

A Rural Barn Wedding in North Yorkshire (c) Photography34 (71)

beth says: We got engaged on 24th December 2012. This was a special day for us as that’s the date when we got together. We had a nice little trip to Chester booked as a treat. Dan says he had put that much thought into my engagement ring that he didn’t think about how nerve racking the proposal would be. He’d had the ring made by a local jeweller, he choose the design and wanted it to have a twist. He asked for my birth stone to be entwined in it, so nobody knows that I have a secret amethyst stone underneath the diamond. When the light shines through you can see the amethyst. He waited all day for the right moment to present itself though I was totally oblivious. We drove back home from Chester, booked a table for our Christmas Eve date night tradition and then Dan proposed under the stars.

We did the legal parts of the marriage on 24th August 2015, then held our wedding ceremony and reception two days later on 26th August – the anniversary of our first date.

A Rural Barn Wedding in North Yorkshire (c) Photography34 (40)

We got married at The Barn in Burniston, near Scarborough, on the coastal road. We choose this venue as it was just everything we were looking for in one. The Barn is beautiful on its own and the team there allowed us to have what we wanted, which made our day complete.

We didn’t pick a theme, we loved how rustic the barn was. We chose a colour scheme of pastel colours and incorporated them throughout, but kept the overall look very soft and natural.

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monochrome magic. justin alexander for an outdoor wedding at horton grange – katie & michael

May 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Monochrome Wedding at Horton Grange (c) Helen Russell Photography (25)

As much as we love to see a colourful wedding, nothing quite says class like a simple black and white themed celebration, just like the one we are sharing with you on the blog today!

Bride Katie dreamt of a timeless wedding which led her to choose a monochrome palette with little pops of pastel added along the way as a nod to the summer season.

Tying the knot outdoors, Katie and Michael’s wedding is simple, elegant and sophisticated and provides lots of lovely inspiration for those of you planning open-air “I dos”.

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

A Monochrome Wedding at Horton Grange (c) Helen Russell Photography (27)

katie says: Michael proposed at home just after we watched a romantic film. To me this was the best way of proposing because it was just us two in our new home, doing what we enjoy most.

Our wedding was on 26th July 2015 at Horton Grange in Northumberland. We chose this summer date because we wanted an outdoor ceremony and the venue appealed to us because we are a private couple and so the small intimate setting was just perfect. The venue’s band stand also provided the perfect option for our outdoor ceremony.

A Monochrome Wedding at Horton Grange (c) Helen Russell Photography (20)

The theme for our wedding was a classic vintage look. I am very traditional and love old things. I also handmade most items for the wedding so that it was sentimental to us.

The colour scheme was black and white which we decided on because it makes a bold statement as well as being classically elegant and timeless. I added touches of grey and pastels to complement the black and white and just gave things a more summery feel when I felt it was necessary.

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